1851 Humbert $50 gold coin, $61,687, Legend Rare Coin

1851 Humbert coin

An 1851 U.S. $50 gold coin, issued by Augustus Humbert as California’s Assayer of Gold, graded PCGS AU50, sold for $61,687 at Regency Auction XX held Jan. 26 by Legend Rare Coin Auction in Lincroft, N.J. Also, an 1864 U.S. $1 coin, graded PCGS PR66, finished at $47,000; an 1881-S U.S. $1 “Freckles” coin, graded PCGS MS66, brought $23,500, a new world record; and an 1885-O U.S. $1 “Screaming Wow” coin, graded PCGS MS66+, hit $19,387, also a record. Prices include a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium.

 

Chippendale tea table, $912,500, Sotheby’s

Chippendale tea table

A Chippendale carved and figured mahogany scalloped-top tea table with open ball and talons sold for $912,500 at Americana Week, a series of auctions held Jan. 18-21 by Sotheby’s in New York. Also, a Queen Anne carved and figured mahogany block-and-shell kneehole bureau table topped out at $672,500; and a previously unrecorded autograph draft of Pacificus Essay No. VI by the founding father Alexander Hamilton, the subject of the successful Broadway musical, made $262,500. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

 

Apulian red-figure amphora, $43,020, Artemis Gallery

Apulian red-figure amphora

An oversize Apulian (Magna Gaecia, southern Italy) red-figure amphora, 39 inches tall, sold for $43,020 at an auction of antiquities, Asian and ethnographic art held Jan. 18-19 by Artemis Gallery in Boulder, Colo. Also, a Romano-Egyptian plaster mummy bust of a young man, circa 1st century BCE to 1st century CE, 15 ¾ inches tall, fetched $13,145; and a Chavin (northern coastal Peru) artwork replicating a jaguar’s paw, circa 1400-400 BCE, also hammered for $13,145. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

Mickey Mantle rookie card, $134,750, Goldin Auctions

Mickey Mantle rookie card

Mickey Mantle’s 1952 Topps #311 rookie card, graded SGC 86 NM+ 7.5, sold for $134,750 at a Winter Auction that closed the weekend of Jan. 28-29 at Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, N.J. Also, a 1997-98 Michael Jordan game-used Chicago Bulls road uniform went for $73,200; a 1984-87 Walter Payton game-used Chicago Bears road uniform made $50,400; and a Hillerich & Bradsby bat used by Ty Cobb during the final eight years of his baseball career hit $47,775. Prices include a 21 percent buyer’s premium.

 

William Edmondson sculpture, $129,800, Case Antiques Auctions

William Edmondson sculpture

A carved limestone sculpture of a nurse by William Edmondson (Am., 1874-1951), titled Nursing Supervisor, sold for $129,800 at an auction held Jan. 21 by Case Antiques Auctions & Appraisals in Knoxville, Tenn. Also, a Virginia Federal Pembroke table with unusual “guttae” feet rose to $27,140; a 1980s acrylic on canvas by Carroll Cloar (Am., 1913-1993), titled The Watering Detail, brought $22,420; and an abstract oil by Louis Le Brocquy (Irish, 1916-2012), hit $16,520. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

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